Awards

22nd Jeonju International Film Festival – Winners 2021

We present the list of winners of the Jeonju International Film Festival which took place from April 29th – May 8th, in Jeonju, Korea.

International Competition

Grand Prize

Splinters (Esquirlas) by Natalia Garayalde – Argentina | 2020 – 70 minutes

On November 3, 1995, the emblematic industry of my hometown, Río Tercero Military Munitions Factory exploded. Thousands of shells were fired against the city that had produced them. I was 12 years old, and while I was trying to escape from the blast, I recorded the devastation of my hometown with a video camera. Twenty years later I found those tapes. The threat of the industrial and military sector is still persistent at the present time.

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Best Picture Prize (Sponsored by NH Nonghyup)

Landscapes of Resistance by Marta Popivoda – Serbia, France, Germany | 2021 – 95 minutes

Landscapes of Resistance traces a journey through the memories of antifascist 97-year-of fighter Sonja, one of the first female partisans in Yugoslavia, who was also one of the leaders of the Resistance movement at Auschwitz. We make her story travel through time towards the bodies of the new generation of antifascists, bespeaking that it is always possible to think and practice resistance.

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Special Jury Prize

Friends and Strangers by James Vaughan – Australia | 2021 – 84 minutes

Friends and Strangers is a surreal comedy-drama that explores displacement, disconnection, and ennui in contemporary Australia through the eyes of two upper-middle-class millennials. The film presents several sketches from life as experienced by Alice and Ray, two nearly-thirty drifters born into privilege but seemingly incapable of navigating the featureless ocean of casual employment, limp romances, and half-assed entrepreneurial schemes.

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Korean Competition

Grand Prize

Kim Min-young of the Report Card by Lee Jae-eun, Lim Jisun – Korea | 2021 – 94 minutes

20-year-old Jeonghee doesn´t go to college and works part-time. She goes to meet Minyoung, her old high school roommate, for the first time in a while and wants to play with her as before. However, Minyoung, a college student, is busy sending correction emails for her credits and feels uncomfortable by Jeonghee´s visit.

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Best Actress Prize

Gong Seung-yeon for her role in Aloners (dir. Hong Sung-eun) – Korea | 2021 – 91 minutes

Jina is the top employee at a credit card company call center. She avoids building close relationships, choosing instead to live and work alone. One day, her irritating next-door neighbor who would attempt to talk with her is discovered dead, several days after having died alone in his apartment. Jina is shaken and turns on the home camera installed at her mother’s house a long time ago.

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Best Actor Award

Jeong Jaekwang for his role in NOT OUT (dir. Lee Jung-gon) – Korea | 2021 – 108 minutes

Gwangho, a prospect on his high school baseball team, is not drafted by a professional baseball team. His desire to continue playing baseball strains his relationship with his team members. Gwangho eventually begins selling fake gasoline with his friend Mincheol.

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CGV Arthouse Award Upcoming Project Prize

NOT OUT by Lee Jung-gon – Korea | 2021 – 108 minutes

CGV Arthouse Award Distribution Support Prize

Aloners by Hong Sung-eun – Korea | 2021 – 91 minutes

Watcha´s Pick: Feature

NOT OUT by LEE Jung-gon – Korea | 2021 – 108 minutes

Special Mention

Coming to you by Byun Gyuri – Korea | 2021 – 93 minutes

Nabi, a veteran fire officer, accepts the coming out from her child Hankyeol, “I want to remove my breasts.” Meanwhile, Vivian, a flight crew, receives a letter from her son Yejoon, “Mom, I’m gay.” Hankyeol and Yejoon confide in their struggles even before the two mothers understand their reality.

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Korean Competition for Shorts

Grand Prize

Vacation Event by Chopi Minyoung – Korea | 2021 – 40 minutes

In the summer of 2007, Gahye realizes that her younger brother Gwanghyeon is the class president. She is planning to steal a motorcycle and sell it with her friend Gangseop so she could buy her brother a hamburger on the last day of school before the summer break starts.

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Best Director Prize (Sponsored by Kyobo Life Insurance)

Without You by Park Jaehyun – Korea | 2021 – 35 minutes

An old couple, Kim Su and Park Won used to work as janitors. The COVID-19 situation gets worse and their last working place, a wedding hall, closes down. It has been a long while since they have stayed together at home. They see the same car, which prints photos in a market at different times.

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Special Jury Prize

Wasteland by Lee Tack – Korea | 2021 – 35 minutes

Hwacheon asks to bury her husband’s dead body who did suicide, in Seoam´s backyard.

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A blue giant by Noh Gyeongmu – Korea | 2021 – 7 minutes

The protagonist, who has a too big body for the house, goes through all sorts of hardships outside the house, and finally finds the house fit for the body.

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Watcha´s Pick: Short

Wasteland by Lee Tack – Korea | 2021 – 35 minutes
Weed Fiction by Cho Eungil – Korea | 2020 – 27 minutes

One day, Brad visits Marie and me to buy Marijuana. While they are very close to a deal, Brad goes to the toilet, finds detergent there. He thinks it is cocaine and snorts some without hesitation. Marie and I find Brad and start to think about how they can overcome this situation.

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Maria & Beyonce by Song Yechan – Korea | 2021 – 28 minutes

Mirae gets an offer of a K-pop trainee contract. She looks back on her short life and finds her past that would ruin her future career and reputation, as she dreams of becoming a k-pop star. Most of all, her ex-boyfriend, Jaemin, is the most worrisome. She starts to clear her past and sets out to find Jaemin.

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Training Session by Kim Changbum – Korea | 2021 – 40 minutes

Yoonjee and colleagues are suddenly restructured. They are exiled to an old warehouse and begin to receive training sessions. Will Yoonjee be able to return to the company?

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Vacation Event by Chopi Minyoung – Korea | 2021 – 40 minutes

Special Award

Documentary Award (Sponsored by Jin Motors)

Coming to you by Byun Gyuri – Korea | 2021 – 93 minutes

J Vision Award

Teacher´s Day by Lee Jihyang – Korea | 2020 – 17 minutes

Jiwon, who is attending graduate school, has been a student of Professor Kim. The move is aimed at finding a better job by taking advantage of the title of “Professor Kim´s disciple.” At a time when they are about to announce their acceptance into the research institute, they are caught up in unexpected things.

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Out of Season by Huh Gun – Korea | 2021 – 17 minutes

On the day sending her husband to a dementia care home, Hyunjoo decides to kill herself as well as her spouse as she´s aware of her early signs of dementia. Having driven to a quiet forest, Hyunjoo tries to put the plan into practice but her husband never listens to her and Hyunjoo seems unprepared.

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NETPAC Award

Jazz Kissa Basie by Hoshino Tetsuya – Japan | 2020 – 106 minutes

Seeking their best “sound” is why people gather into a small jazz cafe BASIE nowhere in the world at Ichinoseki, North East county in Japan. It seems a sanctuary for global jazz players, fans, and audio manias. Filming BASIE owner Sugawara Shoji tuning a 50-year-old JBL speaker everyday, stock footage became more than 150 hours.

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